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December 1989

Contemporary Resort - Jesse's Attack Ears

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This was our second trip to Disney World, and our first with Jesse. It is hard to overlook the amount of disagreeable vehement unsolicited advice we received from Lyn's family that we were "wasting our money" by taking Jesse, at two-and-a-half, to Florida. We went several more times while we lived in Michigan, but certainly enjoyed this trip the most of all.

We followed the "family rules" and flew directly to and from Orlando and used the airport shuttle and park buses for transit (no car). We stayed at the Contemporary Resort, right on the monorail route and adjacent to the Magic Kingdom. However, we drew the line at buying the "meal plan", figuring we would pay as we go (and we got flak over that decision, too).

We went in mid-December again (see our Dec 84 trip), just before Lyn's birthday. This was the last time that we encountered no crowds, short lines, and easy access to the park. When we returned in a year, the park managers had created promotions and events to even out the crowds. Although our off-season visits would always be better than the horrible mid-summer months, this trip was perfect. It is sickening to think of the bitterness of the accusations we received from the people that claimed to define love and demand respect. Oh well.

Jesse was spectacular, and was immediately equipped with monogrammed mouse ears. In his excitement, he would scamper (much like Chip and Dale) and the ears would spin ninety degrees and face front-to-back. We referred to them as "Attack Ears" as he attacked each ride with vigor. Sadly, looking though the pictures, it seems we straightened his ears for each one.

The lines were so short that we were able to ride each three and four times. Jesse would scamper from the exit and loop right back to the entrance for each of the Magic Kingdom rides (particularly Peter Pan!) Eventually, we would take turns, with one riding and the other waiting at the entrance, this way we would ride two at a time and need only ride two or three times each for him to see it five or six times. He giggled and laughed and squealed for the whole trip, was amazed by the character breakfasts and the after-dark parades. It was the magical memory that the "magic kingdom" is supposed to provide, and it is our memory for a lifetime.

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Getting Ready: "Zoomy the Airplane"
The Disney monorail to the Contemporary Resort

Dave used his frequent flyer points and promotional tickets to get us to Florida, but Lyn's family tradition required that no car and no off-park hotels be used. Dave's parents had only gone to Florida by car, so the logistics were new to everybody. Lyn was adamant that no vacation time be wasted anywhere besides the famous parks, although later trips would include cars, lesser priced rooms, and visits to beaches and other destinations. This trip was a watershed lesson for Dave, and all trips after this one were squarely organized to his standards, with no mind paid to the dozens of consultants from either side of the family.

Although everybody predicted Jesse would not remember this trip, we cannot say if he did or didn't. Across the next two years we would visit another four times, and later live in Florida with annual passes for two different years. Whether or not the little guy remembers, his parents will always know the joy and excitement he showed almost every minute of every day of the trip.

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